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The Tuxedo
(2002)
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Co-Composed, Co-Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Composed and Co-Produced by:
Christophe Beck

Co-Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Kevin Kliesch
Frank Bennett
Bill Boston
Rossano Galante

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(October 1st, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you require every John Debney entry in the genre of predictable, workmanlike techno-action parody.

Avoid it... if you expect the combination of overlapping material by Debney and Christophe Beck (some of which rejected) to form a strongly distinct, overarching personality.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #966
WRITTEN 12/7/02, REVISED 2/23/09
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The Tuxedo: (John Debney/Christophe Beck) The fiscal success of Jackie Chan flicks in the early 2000's had been well-documented, often defying mixed reviews with predictable popular affection. Anytime you can conjure up a scenario in which a Chan character, an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time, has to burst out of a refrigerator and kick someone in the head (all in one graceful split second move), then you've got yourself a concept that's ready to pile up the grosses. In 2002's The Tuxedo, Chan is again thrust into the worlds of comedy and science fiction technology, this time with Jennifer Love Hewitt in tow. As a chauffeur turned secret agent by accident (through the use of a magical black belt tuxedo straight from James Bond's MI6 laboratories), he is placed into the familiar position of kicking unsuspecting fools in painful places. In this case, he does it with the music of two talented composers rooting him on. While there were plenty of conflicting reports about the circumstances of the shared credit for the music for The Tuxedo, the most reliable sources have indicated that Christophe Beck wrote and recorded a full score for the film only to see veteran parody composer John Debney hired to spice up several portions of the soundtrack with his usual eclectic sense of genre-bending flair. Ultimately, the music by Beck and Debney would share screen time, merging to form a somewhat functional techno-action score despite occasional discrepancies in style and substance. It's a score that meets all your expectations for an undemanding Jackie Chan action flick, with music that was produced on both a moderate budget and the backbone of several creative electronic samplings. One of the most interesting aspects of the Varèse Sarabande album for The Tuxedo is the inclusion of cues written by both composers for the same scenes, giving the listener a rare opportunity to compare the works on one commercial product. The fact that their endeavors are largely indistinguishable must have given pause to the producers of the film once Debney's material had been placed. Wasting money on needless re-writes is, while a studio habit, still a shame. Both composers employed the services of the Hollywood Studio Symphony for the project, and they also used nearly identical electronic samplings to spike the nearly constant action material with techno-spy flavor.



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234 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.47 Stars
***** 26 5 Stars
**** 31 4 Stars
*** 48 3 Stars
** 53 2 Stars
* 76 1 Stars
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Orchestration
N.R.Q. - July 17, 2006, at 4:49 p.m.
1 comment  (1827 views)
wich was that song?   Expand >>
Thomas - February 8, 2005, at 2:46 a.m.
2 comments  (3128 views)
Newest: September 27, 2005, at 3:37 p.m. by
eduard
Oh, Debney! Why do you slumber so?
Bindner - December 10, 2002, at 2:51 p.m.
1 comment  (2340 views)
Beck replaced Debney
David - December 9, 2002, at 3:54 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 36:52
• 1. Jimmy's Tux* (2:49)
• 2. Skateboard Chase* (1:59)
• 3. Mad Bike Messenger* (1:03)
• 4. Jimmy's Dream* (0:48)
• 5. The Tuxedo Main Title** (3:01)
• 6. First Mission** (2:53)
• 7. Swallow the Queen** (2:24)
• 8. Demolition** (1:19)
• 9. Putting on Tux* (1:58)
• 10. Demolition Program* (1:03)
• 11. Rope Fight* (2:58)
• 12. Rope Fight** (2:13)
• 13. Superhuman** (1:38)
• 14. Walter Strider** (1:22)
• 15. High Noon** (0:48)
• 16. Banning Opens the Pods* (2:29)
• 17. Banning Swallows the Queen* (0:49)
• 18. Jimmy Saves Blaine* (1:49)
• 19. Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) - performed by James Brown (3:19)
* composed by John Debney
** composed by Christophe Beck

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NOTES AND QUOTES
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